Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Tjeldstø 02 January

Red-throated Diver smålom

Decent Cod torsk - worth not getting good pictures of the diver?

Common Gull fiskemåke

Went fishing instead of birding and ended up in a real dilemma - take decent pictures of a Red-throated Diver smålom OR land a big fish. A diver swam past at reasonable range whilst I was struggling with a fair sized Cod but I was faced with the choice of running for the camera or losing the fish.

The diver looked very different at different angles, other photos show a much steeper forhead and a more prominent white flank patch (or none at all!) - shows how much variation there is with these sometimes difficult species

I went for the fish and had to settle for record shots of the diver at long range. A Common Gull fiskemåke, a Herring Gull gråmåke with a deformed bill and an unidentified small raptor were among other birds seen. No binoculars didn't help......

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